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Lens: Pentax 50mm f4 Macro Camera: K10 Photo Location: Mitchell Co. Ga. 
Posted By: bluestringer, 03-05-2014, 05:15 AM

A robber fly.....................

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Ultra close ultra detailed!
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Wow! Very cool!
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Wow, very impressive!! I would love to hear how you got this shot. I see that you used a 50mm lens, so, is this cropped, did you use an extension tube, did that fly really let you get that close? I have not tried out macro yet, but it is definitely something that I am interested in.

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Well, I sure don't want him in my face. Really great detail in the critter. Well done.
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Thanks all.

Paul, this photo was taken with a Pentax 50mm f4 macro lens with 50mm of tubes. I have two ring flashes but I can't remember which one was used here, either a Sunpak DX-8R or a Vivitar Macro 5000. Some insects will allow you to get close if you are quiet and sneaky, the robber flies seem to sit still and don't move around a lot. I did some mild cropping with this photo as I do with most of my macros. The 50mm f4 is an older manual lens. When using tubes I always set the lens to infinity focus and use the catch in focus ability of the camera, I can then move my body with the camera and while holding down the shutter button I point my focus where I want it and slowly move in until the camera fires. Aperture ranges from f8-f16 and I always use flash synch speed of 1/180.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bluestringer Quote
Thanks all.

Paul, this photo was taken with a Pentax 50mm f4 macro lens with 50mm of tubes. I have two ring flashes but I can't remember which one was used here, either a Sunpak DX-8R or a Vivitar Macro 5000. Some insects will allow you to get close if you are quiet and sneaky, the robber flies seem to sit still and don't move around a lot. I did some mild cropping with this photo as I do with most of my macros. The 50mm f4 is an older manual lens. When using tubes I always set the lens to infinity focus and use the catch in focus ability of the camera, I can then move my body with the camera and while holding down the shutter button I point my focus where I want it and slowly move in until the camera fires. Aperture ranges from f8-f16 and I always use flash synch speed of 1/180.
Thanks so much for the rundown! I love hearing about how these shots are captured and learning new techniques!
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QuoteOriginally posted by bluestringer Quote
Paul, this photo was taken with a Pentax 50mm f4 macro lens with 50mm of tubes. I have two ring flashes but I can't remember which one was used here, either a Sunpak DX-8R or a Vivitar Macro 5000. Some insects will allow you to get close if you are quiet and sneaky, the robber flies seem to sit still and don't move around a lot. I did some mild cropping with this photo as I do with most of my macros. The 50mm f4 is an older manual lens. When using tubes I always set the lens to infinity focus and use the catch in focus ability of the camera, I can then move my body with the camera and while holding down the shutter button I point my focus where I want it and slowly move in until the camera fires. Aperture ranges from f8-f16 and I always use flash synch speed of 1/180.
Do you find you are "always" succesful with this method, or does it take several CIF shots to make sure you nail the focus? Also - is this the M version of the lens or a Tak? I'm assuming the M version because I can't see how CIF would work once a lens was stopped down, whereas with the M version you can at lest focus wide open.

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Wow Dennis that is Scary Close.
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Do you find you are "always" succesful with this method, or does it take several CIF shots to make sure you nail the focus? Also - is this the M version of the lens or a Tak? I'm assuming the M version because I can't see how CIF would work once a lens was stopped down, whereas with the M version you can at lest focus wide open.

Not 100% successful, but it works most of the time. Wind and my old age shaking can cause problems sometimes. And there will be times when the CIF just will not cooperate. I usually take several shots if the subject stays still long enough. Yes it is a M lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bluestringer Quote
Wind and my old age shaking can cause problems sometimes. And there will be times when the CIF just will not cooperate
Been there, done that - at least the wind aspect - far too many times. I don't have many M lenses, more m42 ones, and I know I have to limit how much I stop down if I want CIF to still work.
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This is sooooooo cool! Otherworldly and beautiful. I have never ever in my life found a fly beautiful. But those "eyelashes" are amazing atop the groovy eyes. Big Wow from me.
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Yes, nice detail, I have been trying to capture something like that. Not successful yet.
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